Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation for Teenagers

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Yoga, Mindfulness And Meditation For Teenagers

Project 2015-07-28 10:12:41 +1200

Press release link here : 

More about me:Twitter: @blondie_bla_bla / Facebook  / Instagram /The Soul Laundry 

The Soul Laundry is a concept based around ‘Ahimsa’ Non-Violence. My approach is very gentle and non invasive and aims to equip young adults and adults alike with the tools to recognize and deal with life challenges in a mindful way and through the benefits of yoga and meditation.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read about my project. I am 33 from the UK and am now living in Auckland, NZ. I started practicing yoga about 3/4 years ago and have expanded my mind continuously ever since. 

This has led me to now train to be a Yoga teacher, I will have completed  RYT200hrs in November. When I say yoga teacher this does not stop at movement in class. I am studying mindfulness and meditation as well as Pranayama (breath) techniques and guided meditations alongside the Asana of yoga (postures). 

Recently I have begun teaching yoga at the City Mission, and I am honoured to be bringing the practice to a community that may not usually have access to anything like it, and what I want to do, is expand across auckland and bring the Yoga movement, the meditation and the Mindfulness to teens. it is apparent to me that although there is a lot of assistance young school kids and there seems to be  a gap for the generation I feel need it the most - the teenagers and older school age children who are getting ready for life after education and in many cases entering into the big wide world, often with little guidance. 

 Image result for happy teens yoga

I have spoken to young adults who tell me they know pupils who are on Anti-depressants or medication for other related issues. I feel like this is a bit of a band aid for issues that could be more mindfully dealt with.
  • Yoga improves mental wellbeing as well as physical
  • Yoga reduces anxiety and depression symptoms
  • yoga will BOOST memory and concentration
  • Yoga prevents the onset of mental health conditions during adolescance.
  • Yoga reduces the effect of traumatic experiences
My aim is to introduce this age group to accesable ways to quieten the mind and become more relaxed in every day life and deal with stress in a less invasive way. Combined with meditation and yoga, mindfulness will be introduced to equip young people with the tools to deal with the road ahead. I feel like this group would also create an accepting space and a safe community to belong to. 

I want to encourage the next generation of the workforce and decision makers to be mindful, calm and Ahimsa (non-violence). I plan to do this in through the programme that I will personally create as a 6 week course that can be taken at the weekend with me. The sessions would be 1 hr long per week. In the sessions we would cover Yoga, breathing for meditation, mindful meditation and an open chat would also be introduced as we progress. 

 

What do I need? Where will your donation go?  -

I need to purchase  equipment (mats, music, props, blankets, bolsters) and rent  a space and that's where PledgeMe comes in. Eventually I want to take further and go full time in NZ around schools and colleges. I want to work in communities that have not usually got access to this kind of thing and I want to try and steer everyone to a good place. As part of this project I have also began approaching local youth charities to see where I can help within local organisations and to see if this kind of project would be something that they would like to use. 

 I plan to also have a guest at the sessions, high achievers to talk about what motivates them to do what they do. This is underway and I am already approaching potential people. 

Why make a donation to this cause?

 

  • I believe there is a huge gap here that needs to be filled. Teenagers are the ones who need this the most and seem to be receiving it the least.

  • I already have interest from the local community and potential students wating to attend. I just need to get this off the ground and running!

 

  • This project comes from a place of passion for what I beleive in and I really do beleive that I can start to make small changes in the mindset of the community and steer people into a different direction. I want people to beleive in themselves and have the tools to go forward.

 

  • Do you wish you had something like this when you were young? I do. If you can why dont you help today by donating and pay it forward for the ones after you.

  • I recently registered my business name "The Soul Laundry" to set a goal for myself. So I speak to you as the creator of The Soul Laundry! 

Although this is a no brainer project and it will benefit those who take part I don't know many teens who want to get up on a saturday and go and continue their education as such. 
I plan to overcome this by creating a safe and welcoming environment. I am an approachable person and am able to read people well to understand what they might need from me. I also plan to open the floor at the end of each session for requests for the following week. It might be a topic of discussion or some chips and dips the following week or a new yoga posture to execute and understand. 

I am looking for a space currently and know I will reach challenges with this as well as the community is well established and there are many other projects going on. I feel like I have enough contacts to be able to get help in securing a space.

What I don't plan to do is allow this to be a space for parents to 'dump' their kids on a saturday morning. This project is for teens that want to come along and have interest. 

thanks again for reading 

Nina 

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Updates 15

Week 3 of the course is happening this weekend...

08/04/2016 at 9:36 AM

All

 

Can you beleive we have reached the half way mark of the course already!

 

I have been meaning to post but, life happens and prep for the weekends happens!

 

I have a group of great students who attend with mentors or parents. 

As mentioned before, the course took a twirl and expanded a little. I now have teens and parents or mentors attend and also I have had a few drop ins as well. Word got around. 

 

The thing that I am noticing is... the adults are benefiting from this as well as the teens! I can see the connections being made and this seems to be strengthening relationships also.

 

Over the 3 sessions we have looked into what mindfulness is and means and how we can practice mindfulness of our own. We have taen a quiz (attached) to work out how mindful we are. 

We have also set goals for ourselves throughout the next 10 years!  The point of this was to expand posibility and work as if we cannot fail to reach our goals. Acting as if the goal was a done deal can encourage confidence and imagination and also bring some clarity for students in what they may see thier future to be and allow for tweks along the way if needed. 

Maybe you can try this? 

This week is week 3 /session 3. 

This week we will connect the dot between meditation and mindfulness to yoga. Meditaiton and mindfulness through movement. 

 

Students will take the mats and props home (purchased with your donations) and develop thier own practice over the coming weeks! 

Please remember if you have a reward to claim   - contact me to do so. Maybe you have a class to claim? or a session to sit in on? [email protected] to arrange. 

 

Nina Quiz )

 

Happy New Year

29/01/2016 at 3:35 PM

Pledgers

 

How are we all? Since we last spoke I have continued to work hard and am working on building my visions and projects into reality. 

I hope that everyone is keeping well and has enjoyed the first hurdle of 2016, January! 

I left you last when I was about to talk to some charities in Auckland about the opportunity for this course and workshop for local young people. 

I am still in talks with the FYD team and have spread the net this week to Intermediate schools for nominations. The process to pull this together is well under way and I have everything I need, I just need my 10 deserving kids. 

I have also nailed weeks 1-3 in the writing process and am seeing a course flow develop for the 6 weeks, I think planning my end goal and result was a great way to start. 

This project is getting wings and will fly when the time is right, My thoughts are going towards later start than February to ensure maximum output. Kiwis head off over summer and schools are away and so herding people is like herding cats! Its all part of the learning process, once I have my 10, we can go go go !! 

 

I wanted to update my pledgers as without you, we wouldnt be here!

thanks

 

nina

 

Little Update for October

15/10/2015 at 4:38 PM

Hi

 

So its been 2 weeks since reaching the funding goal! 

The Soul Laundry is well and truely underway. I have several meetings next week with potential venues in west Auckland and Auckland Central. I have spoken to charities that might want to climb aboard the project and these include Foundation for Youth Development Project K kids who are a group who do activity together for 1 year with mentors, so I  hope to have 1 or 2 along. 

In terms of venue I am leaning towards CEAC www.ceac.org.nz and you can have a look at the lovely grounds! I will be getting a grand tour Monday! Also on monday I am meeting a lovely lady from Toi Ora who are a youth charity specialising in the arts.... 

I had a great response from local businesses and am happy to say that Gaiam Pro are going to help me with kitting the yoga side of things out and I am heading to the warehouse very soon to strike  deal!! I have also had some beautiful Yoga straps made at www.yogastore.co.nz (very excited about these are they are made with The Soul Laundry in mind)

I wanted to create a wellness package for each person who attends and I have great news, Natural Things Organics are going to provide some goods and Raglan Coconut Yoghurt are also going to provide some snacks! I want to provide this each week for the students and so a little contribution from local business does really go a long way in allowing me to do this. The funds raised mean that no one needs to worry about a thing other than to turn up! 

 

thanks for your help again! 

 

Not the last you will hear.....

01/10/2015 at 9:02 AM

Tēnā koe e hoa (Hello Friends) 

Its done, its funded and now it begins. 

I have begun reaching out to local youth charity and it looks good. Hopefully I will have firm  news for you over the coming months. 

The plan is to roll out after NZ summer and the project will kick off as a fully fledged programme in Feb 2016.

In the meantime I will be planning and writing the course manual. Yikes! 

I have received a couple of mat donations - Manduka Eko Mats and I am really happy with them. 

I have 2 spaces in mind, that are lovely, a really nice setting for what i want to acheive and visualise this to be. 

I am also working hard to secure some goodies for my teens in the way of Coconut water and nutritious snacks! 

 

Onwards and upwards! Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. I will keep you updated via Pledge Me!

 

Kia Ora! 

Nina

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2 weeks to go

17/09/2015 at 9:56 AM

Hey 

 

We have just 2 weeks to go until D-Day! I have 208$ left to get to target which is great going! 

This is going to happen!

 

Last week I secured a teaching gig at Yoga West out in Titirangi, West Auckland in a studio that is near to the beach and surrounding bush land so it is, in a word, divine! 

I will be there sunday Mornings 09.30am for an hour of Yoga, all at a bargain cost of 8$ per session. 

You can check out www.yogawest.co.nz for more details of their classes. 

This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I am extremely grateful to the founders for believing in me! 

Classes at the City Mission are getting some momentum and growing in numbers and it is currently my favourite part of my week! 

Training is well underway as you know and I am now in the 6th month and almost there .. after the september session there is 1 more full weekend of training until graduation in November. The 8 month training that I am undertaking has been featured in the press here: http://www.viva.co.nz/article/beauty/wellbeing-more-than-a-pose/

 

I hope you have a good week, The Soul Laundry is also growing and I have so many ideas I feel like my head is going to fall off!! Lets just say.. 5 year plan anyone? 

 

nina x

Updates this week....

09/09/2015 at 11:57 AM

Hello all 42 of you!

 

First of all, a big thank you for helping me to get this off the ground. 

I am really pleased to let you know that with 3 weeks to go I am just 200$ off target. 

So this is going to happen! I am already sourcing a venue and have had a conversation with someone about reaching out into schools and youth groups and getting the very first Soul Laundry students in the door.

 

I have written a new blog post as well recently so have a cuppa and have a read if it takes your fancy!

 

http://blondie-bla-bla.blogspot.co.nz/

 

Nina  

 ps: take a look at this brillaint campaign

https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/3956

 

Friday update - Thank You

04/09/2015 at 3:38 PM

hello followers and Pledgers, 

I am 3/4 of the way to meeting my target with 26 days to go. 

its been a crazy week, with the universe dropping connections and opportunity into my lap. 

I have met with a well known yoga apparel brand who are willing to sponsor 2 very special students that I will search for and award a "scholorship" as such. This is s great turn of events and I am really pleased with the result. The catch..... Owing to company rules and regulations.. they cant award me the funding for those 2 students, until I have reached my target and am up and running - red tape! not to worry, We will just have those 2 students as welcome extras on the course. I am really grateful to the staff there for taking the time to talk to me and hear me out! what a wonderful way to support the local community!! go team

As well as this, I met with a wonderful woman who resides on Waiheke island in Auckland and is a corporate yoga teacher and general well being guru, I am lucky to have her backing and she is already coaching me through my teaching at Auckland City Mission and equipping me with great tools to make my work there a success! 

 

The 3rd thing this week (they come in 3s) I have also been put in touch with another extrordinary woman who is working on her own youth programme www.awareness.net.nz we are meeting next week and have lots to talk about! 

 

Please continue to share my cause and help me make this happen. Thank you for your support!

 

Nina :) 

 

Announcements!!

24/08/2015 at 11:42 AM

Hey

 

So this week I happy to share the news that The Soul Laundry is branching out and will be volunteering to teach a class at Auckland City Mission for its homeless clients. 

As well as this I have been contacted via my website www.thesoullaundry.co.nz by someone who has 2 teens already interested in being part of this programme. 

Also 50$ has been pledged today! The lucky pledger gets to come and watch a session and see where the donation has gone!

 

Its only Monday! 

 

Nina 

Continuing to surf the wave....

18/08/2015 at 9:42 AM

Just a small update that The Soul Laundry now has a website for you to view and share. It has full info on the project and also there is a shiney new face book page. 

 

www.thesoullaundry.co.nz

www.facebook.com/thesoullaundrynz

 

 

First Public class - Success

17/08/2015 at 10:42 AM

Hey!

 

So this weekend as part of my training for my RYT 200 Hrs I took my first class that was for members of the public to attend. A 25 minute blissful cool down after a lovely flow! 

Please continue to spread the word about my project! The foundations have been firmly set!

 

Thanks Class in progress 

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Out of the starting blocks

07/08/2015 at 10:13 AM

Since the project launched 3 days ago, the cause has received 250$ in pledges and I have had a few offers of space to use and possible colaberations!

this is a really exciting project and I  really hope you can continue to help me get the word out and get this over the line! there are so many more ideas that follow this initial 6 weeks.. please please share and share again to make them a reality.

 

thanks

 

nina 

Guest speakers lined up for workshops

05/08/2015 at 12:26 PM

I am really happy to tell you that I have managed to line up a guest for one of our sessions!

A motivational Kiwi will join us to talk to the group about acheivements and goals!

World Champ Triathlete Carolyn Arthur will join us to talk about what makes her tick and how she gets to where she wants to be! 

 

read about Carolyn here

 

https://www.facebook.com/TriCarolyn?ref=hl

 

 

 

WAHOO!!!! 

Scoop feature my campaign

05/08/2015 at 10:48 AM

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1508/S00040/yoga-project-for-teens-brings-mindfulness-to-a-new-market.htm

 

Scoop have picked up the project on Aug 4 and since then as of Aug 5 it has 30 Likes on FB 

take a look in the link above. Many thanks for your support 

    Pledgers 57

    Sara Paulin
    2015-09-26 12:55:42 +1200

    "All the best Nina. You will shine :)"

    Nik Rogocki
    2015-09-25 20:22:28 +1200
    Holly Summer
    2015-09-25 18:32:05 +1200

    "Sorry it's taken so long! Good luck! :)"

    Suzy Stichbury
    2015-09-25 15:00:31 +1200

    "Such a great cause - very happy to support this :-) Suzy from myescape.co.nz"

    Victoria
    2015-09-24 22:25:19 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2015-09-24 11:35:24 +1200

    "Thanks for doing this. I think teenagers today have a hard time, especially knowing what is important in life. Good luck reaching target."

    Mayuri Naik
    2015-09-24 08:55:58 +1200

    "Wel done Nina, very proud of you. Love Chris & Mayuri xx"

    Katie Taylor
    2015-09-23 20:02:24 +1200

    "Good luck with this Neen! Xxx"

    Sally Minty
    2015-09-23 14:12:23 +1200

    "Good on you Nina!! Sending you best wishes for your endeavor :) xx"

    Sarah Mortimer
    2015-09-23 12:53:59 +1200

    "What an amazing cause it will be hugely beneficial for youth, wish I had the chance to learn mindfulness techniques at this age. Great work!"

    Elisa
    2015-09-21 18:45:13 +1200
    Linda Keating
    2015-09-21 13:13:42 +1200

    "Well done Nina!! Almost there "

    Laura Dueker
    2015-09-17 10:53:31 +1200
    Milla Inkilä
    2015-09-15 20:07:20 +1200
    Milla Inkilä
    2015-09-15 20:06:29 +1200
    Amy Daymond
    2015-09-09 12:17:19 +1200

    "Round two of awesome-ness!!!! Your not far to go! You can do it! "

    nikki fitzgerald
    2015-09-07 21:33:41 +1200

    "you rock! I will so be coming to your classes even if I need to drag my tween son kicking and screaming ! xxxxxx "

    Liz Hoare
    2015-09-07 21:16:35 +1200

    "All the best Nina. I love and believe in what you are doing."

    Kalee Napthen
    2015-09-06 22:34:08 +1200

    "This sounds like an amazing project babe, hope you reach your target, Kalee xx"

    Kristy Meyer
    2015-09-06 21:54:27 +1200

    "YAY.....you are amazing and I love your initiative. We need more people like you in the world.xxxx"

    Zsuzsa Virag
    2015-09-06 20:11:53 +1200

    "Nina, wish you best luck with getting this off the ground and going!:)"

    Rebecca Hembrow
    2015-09-05 16:49:17 +1200

    "Been meaning to do this for ages. Well done for bring pro active chicka. Best of luck Xx"

    Kelly walker
    2015-09-05 12:19:32 +1200

    "Love your work ....Really good cause! "

    Toby Poole
    2015-09-04 21:29:12 +1200
    Scott Pinfold-Woodcock
    2015-09-04 20:32:20 +1200

    "Awesome campaign best of luck"

    James woodcock
    2015-09-04 18:29:59 +1200
    Elaine Rogocki
    2015-09-04 10:20:38 +1200

    "Well done, Nina! Such a lovely idea. Love from, Nan & Grandad. x x"

    Jo
    2015-09-04 08:24:37 +1200
    Stefan Rogocki
    2015-09-03 21:03:10 +1200

    "Well Done. Onwards and Upwards. XX"

    Steph
    2015-09-03 10:51:54 +1200

    "Good luck! Yoga West will spread the word and would love you to host a workshop at our studio. Looking forward to meeting x"

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    Yoga, Mindfulness And Meditation For Teenagers

    Project 2015-07-28 10:12:41 +1200

    Press release link here : 

    More about me:Twitter: @blondie_bla_bla / Facebook  / Instagram /The Soul Laundry 

    The Soul Laundry is a concept based around ‘Ahimsa’ Non-Violence. My approach is very gentle and non invasive and aims to equip young adults and adults alike with the tools to recognize and deal with life challenges in a mindful way and through the benefits of yoga and meditation.

     

     

    Thanks for taking the time to read about my project. I am 33 from the UK and am now living in Auckland, NZ. I started practicing yoga about 3/4 years ago and have expanded my mind continuously ever since. 

    This has led me to now train to be a Yoga teacher, I will have completed  RYT200hrs in November. When I say yoga teacher this does not stop at movement in class. I am studying mindfulness and meditation as well as Pranayama (breath) techniques and guided meditations alongside the Asana of yoga (postures). 

    Recently I have begun teaching yoga at the City Mission, and I am honoured to be bringing the practice to a community that may not usually have access to anything like it, and what I want to do, is expand across auckland and bring the Yoga movement, the meditation and the Mindfulness to teens. it is apparent to me that although there is a lot of assistance young school kids and there seems to be  a gap for the generation I feel need it the most - the teenagers and older school age children who are getting ready for life after education and in many cases entering into the big wide world, often with little guidance. 

     Image result for happy teens yoga

    I have spoken to young adults who tell me they know pupils who are on Anti-depressants or medication for other related issues. I feel like this is a bit of a band aid for issues that could be more mindfully dealt with.
    • Yoga improves mental wellbeing as well as physical
    • Yoga reduces anxiety and depression symptoms
    • yoga will BOOST memory and concentration
    • Yoga prevents the onset of mental health conditions during adolescance.
    • Yoga reduces the effect of traumatic experiences
    My aim is to introduce this age group to accesable ways to quieten the mind and become more relaxed in every day life and deal with stress in a less invasive way. Combined with meditation and yoga, mindfulness will be introduced to equip young people with the tools to deal with the road ahead. I feel like this group would also create an accepting space and a safe community to belong to. 

    I want to encourage the next generation of the workforce and decision makers to be mindful, calm and Ahimsa (non-violence). I plan to do this in through the programme that I will personally create as a 6 week course that can be taken at the weekend with me. The sessions would be 1 hr long per week. In the sessions we would cover Yoga, breathing for meditation, mindful meditation and an open chat would also be introduced as we progress. 

     

    What do I need? Where will your donation go?  -

    I need to purchase  equipment (mats, music, props, blankets, bolsters) and rent  a space and that's where PledgeMe comes in. Eventually I want to take further and go full time in NZ around schools and colleges. I want to work in communities that have not usually got access to this kind of thing and I want to try and steer everyone to a good place. As part of this project I have also began approaching local youth charities to see where I can help within local organisations and to see if this kind of project would be something that they would like to use. 

     I plan to also have a guest at the sessions, high achievers to talk about what motivates them to do what they do. This is underway and I am already approaching potential people. 

    Why make a donation to this cause?

     

    • I believe there is a huge gap here that needs to be filled. Teenagers are the ones who need this the most and seem to be receiving it the least.

    • I already have interest from the local community and potential students wating to attend. I just need to get this off the ground and running!

     

    • This project comes from a place of passion for what I beleive in and I really do beleive that I can start to make small changes in the mindset of the community and steer people into a different direction. I want people to beleive in themselves and have the tools to go forward.

     

    • Do you wish you had something like this when you were young? I do. If you can why dont you help today by donating and pay it forward for the ones after you.

    • I recently registered my business name "The Soul Laundry" to set a goal for myself. So I speak to you as the creator of The Soul Laundry! 

    Although this is a no brainer project and it will benefit those who take part I don't know many teens who want to get up on a saturday and go and continue their education as such. 
    I plan to overcome this by creating a safe and welcoming environment. I am an approachable person and am able to read people well to understand what they might need from me. I also plan to open the floor at the end of each session for requests for the following week. It might be a topic of discussion or some chips and dips the following week or a new yoga posture to execute and understand. 

    I am looking for a space currently and know I will reach challenges with this as well as the community is well established and there are many other projects going on. I feel like I have enough contacts to be able to get help in securing a space.

    What I don't plan to do is allow this to be a space for parents to 'dump' their kids on a saturday morning. This project is for teens that want to come along and have interest. 

    thanks again for reading 

    Nina 

    Comments

    Week 3 of the course is happening this weekend...

    08/04/2016 at 9:36 AM

    All

     

    Can you beleive we have reached the half way mark of the course already!

     

    I have been meaning to post but, life happens and prep for the weekends happens!

     

    I have a group of great students who attend with mentors or parents. 

    As mentioned before, the course took a twirl and expanded a little. I now have teens and parents or mentors attend and also I have had a few drop ins as well. Word got around. 

     

    The thing that I am noticing is... the adults are benefiting from this as well as the teens! I can see the connections being made and this seems to be strengthening relationships also.

     

    Over the 3 sessions we have looked into what mindfulness is and means and how we can practice mindfulness of our own. We have taen a quiz (attached) to work out how mindful we are. 

    We have also set goals for ourselves throughout the next 10 years!  The point of this was to expand posibility and work as if we cannot fail to reach our goals. Acting as if the goal was a done deal can encourage confidence and imagination and also bring some clarity for students in what they may see thier future to be and allow for tweks along the way if needed. 

    Maybe you can try this? 

    This week is week 3 /session 3. 

    This week we will connect the dot between meditation and mindfulness to yoga. Meditaiton and mindfulness through movement. 

     

    Students will take the mats and props home (purchased with your donations) and develop thier own practice over the coming weeks! 

    Please remember if you have a reward to claim   - contact me to do so. Maybe you have a class to claim? or a session to sit in on? [email protected] to arrange. 

     

    Nina Quiz )

     

    Happy New Year

    29/01/2016 at 3:35 PM

    Pledgers

     

    How are we all? Since we last spoke I have continued to work hard and am working on building my visions and projects into reality. 

    I hope that everyone is keeping well and has enjoyed the first hurdle of 2016, January! 

    I left you last when I was about to talk to some charities in Auckland about the opportunity for this course and workshop for local young people. 

    I am still in talks with the FYD team and have spread the net this week to Intermediate schools for nominations. The process to pull this together is well under way and I have everything I need, I just need my 10 deserving kids. 

    I have also nailed weeks 1-3 in the writing process and am seeing a course flow develop for the 6 weeks, I think planning my end goal and result was a great way to start. 

    This project is getting wings and will fly when the time is right, My thoughts are going towards later start than February to ensure maximum output. Kiwis head off over summer and schools are away and so herding people is like herding cats! Its all part of the learning process, once I have my 10, we can go go go !! 

     

    I wanted to update my pledgers as without you, we wouldnt be here!

    thanks

     

    nina

     

    Little Update for October

    15/10/2015 at 4:38 PM

    Hi

     

    So its been 2 weeks since reaching the funding goal! 

    The Soul Laundry is well and truely underway. I have several meetings next week with potential venues in west Auckland and Auckland Central. I have spoken to charities that might want to climb aboard the project and these include Foundation for Youth Development Project K kids who are a group who do activity together for 1 year with mentors, so I  hope to have 1 or 2 along. 

    In terms of venue I am leaning towards CEAC www.ceac.org.nz and you can have a look at the lovely grounds! I will be getting a grand tour Monday! Also on monday I am meeting a lovely lady from Toi Ora who are a youth charity specialising in the arts.... 

    I had a great response from local businesses and am happy to say that Gaiam Pro are going to help me with kitting the yoga side of things out and I am heading to the warehouse very soon to strike  deal!! I have also had some beautiful Yoga straps made at www.yogastore.co.nz (very excited about these are they are made with The Soul Laundry in mind)

    I wanted to create a wellness package for each person who attends and I have great news, Natural Things Organics are going to provide some goods and Raglan Coconut Yoghurt are also going to provide some snacks! I want to provide this each week for the students and so a little contribution from local business does really go a long way in allowing me to do this. The funds raised mean that no one needs to worry about a thing other than to turn up! 

     

    thanks for your help again! 

     

    Not the last you will hear.....

    01/10/2015 at 9:02 AM

    Tēnā koe e hoa (Hello Friends) 

    Its done, its funded and now it begins. 

    I have begun reaching out to local youth charity and it looks good. Hopefully I will have firm  news for you over the coming months. 

    The plan is to roll out after NZ summer and the project will kick off as a fully fledged programme in Feb 2016.

    In the meantime I will be planning and writing the course manual. Yikes! 

    I have received a couple of mat donations - Manduka Eko Mats and I am really happy with them. 

    I have 2 spaces in mind, that are lovely, a really nice setting for what i want to acheive and visualise this to be. 

    I am also working hard to secure some goodies for my teens in the way of Coconut water and nutritious snacks! 

     

    Onwards and upwards! Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. I will keep you updated via Pledge Me!

     

    Kia Ora! 

    Nina

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    2 weeks to go

    17/09/2015 at 9:56 AM

    Hey 

     

    We have just 2 weeks to go until D-Day! I have 208$ left to get to target which is great going! 

    This is going to happen!

     

    Last week I secured a teaching gig at Yoga West out in Titirangi, West Auckland in a studio that is near to the beach and surrounding bush land so it is, in a word, divine! 

    I will be there sunday Mornings 09.30am for an hour of Yoga, all at a bargain cost of 8$ per session. 

    You can check out www.yogawest.co.nz for more details of their classes. 

    This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I am extremely grateful to the founders for believing in me! 

    Classes at the City Mission are getting some momentum and growing in numbers and it is currently my favourite part of my week! 

    Training is well underway as you know and I am now in the 6th month and almost there .. after the september session there is 1 more full weekend of training until graduation in November. The 8 month training that I am undertaking has been featured in the press here: http://www.viva.co.nz/article/beauty/wellbeing-more-than-a-pose/

     

    I hope you have a good week, The Soul Laundry is also growing and I have so many ideas I feel like my head is going to fall off!! Lets just say.. 5 year plan anyone? 

     

    nina x

    Updates this week....

    09/09/2015 at 11:57 AM

    Hello all 42 of you!

     

    First of all, a big thank you for helping me to get this off the ground. 

    I am really pleased to let you know that with 3 weeks to go I am just 200$ off target. 

    So this is going to happen! I am already sourcing a venue and have had a conversation with someone about reaching out into schools and youth groups and getting the very first Soul Laundry students in the door.

     

    I have written a new blog post as well recently so have a cuppa and have a read if it takes your fancy!

     

    http://blondie-bla-bla.blogspot.co.nz/

     

    Nina  

     ps: take a look at this brillaint campaign

    https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/3956

     

    Friday update - Thank You

    04/09/2015 at 3:38 PM

    hello followers and Pledgers, 

    I am 3/4 of the way to meeting my target with 26 days to go. 

    its been a crazy week, with the universe dropping connections and opportunity into my lap. 

    I have met with a well known yoga apparel brand who are willing to sponsor 2 very special students that I will search for and award a "scholorship" as such. This is s great turn of events and I am really pleased with the result. The catch..... Owing to company rules and regulations.. they cant award me the funding for those 2 students, until I have reached my target and am up and running - red tape! not to worry, We will just have those 2 students as welcome extras on the course. I am really grateful to the staff there for taking the time to talk to me and hear me out! what a wonderful way to support the local community!! go team

    As well as this, I met with a wonderful woman who resides on Waiheke island in Auckland and is a corporate yoga teacher and general well being guru, I am lucky to have her backing and she is already coaching me through my teaching at Auckland City Mission and equipping me with great tools to make my work there a success! 

     

    The 3rd thing this week (they come in 3s) I have also been put in touch with another extrordinary woman who is working on her own youth programme www.awareness.net.nz we are meeting next week and have lots to talk about! 

     

    Please continue to share my cause and help me make this happen. Thank you for your support!

     

    Nina :) 

     

    Announcements!!

    24/08/2015 at 11:42 AM

    Hey

     

    So this week I happy to share the news that The Soul Laundry is branching out and will be volunteering to teach a class at Auckland City Mission for its homeless clients. 

    As well as this I have been contacted via my website www.thesoullaundry.co.nz by someone who has 2 teens already interested in being part of this programme. 

    Also 50$ has been pledged today! The lucky pledger gets to come and watch a session and see where the donation has gone!

     

    Its only Monday! 

     

    Nina 

    Continuing to surf the wave....

    18/08/2015 at 9:42 AM

    Just a small update that The Soul Laundry now has a website for you to view and share. It has full info on the project and also there is a shiney new face book page. 

     

    www.thesoullaundry.co.nz

    www.facebook.com/thesoullaundrynz

     

     

    First Public class - Success

    17/08/2015 at 10:42 AM

    Hey!

     

    So this weekend as part of my training for my RYT 200 Hrs I took my first class that was for members of the public to attend. A 25 minute blissful cool down after a lovely flow! 

    Please continue to spread the word about my project! The foundations have been firmly set!

     

    Thanks Class in progress 

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    Out of the starting blocks

    07/08/2015 at 10:13 AM

    Since the project launched 3 days ago, the cause has received 250$ in pledges and I have had a few offers of space to use and possible colaberations!

    this is a really exciting project and I  really hope you can continue to help me get the word out and get this over the line! there are so many more ideas that follow this initial 6 weeks.. please please share and share again to make them a reality.

     

    thanks

     

    nina 

    Guest speakers lined up for workshops

    05/08/2015 at 12:26 PM

    I am really happy to tell you that I have managed to line up a guest for one of our sessions!

    A motivational Kiwi will join us to talk to the group about acheivements and goals!

    World Champ Triathlete Carolyn Arthur will join us to talk about what makes her tick and how she gets to where she wants to be! 

     

    read about Carolyn here

     

    https://www.facebook.com/TriCarolyn?ref=hl

     

     

     

    WAHOO!!!! 

    Scoop feature my campaign

    05/08/2015 at 10:48 AM

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1508/S00040/yoga-project-for-teens-brings-mindfulness-to-a-new-market.htm

     

    Scoop have picked up the project on Aug 4 and since then as of Aug 5 it has 30 Likes on FB 

    take a look in the link above. Many thanks for your support 

      Sara Paulin
      2015-09-26 12:55:42 +1200

      "All the best Nina. You will shine :)"

      Nik Rogocki
      2015-09-25 20:22:28 +1200
      Holly Summer
      2015-09-25 18:32:05 +1200

      "Sorry it's taken so long! Good luck! :)"

      Suzy Stichbury
      2015-09-25 15:00:31 +1200

      "Such a great cause - very happy to support this :-) Suzy from myescape.co.nz"

      Victoria
      2015-09-24 22:25:19 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2015-09-24 11:35:24 +1200

      "Thanks for doing this. I think teenagers today have a hard time, especially knowing what is important in life. Good luck reaching target."

      Mayuri Naik
      2015-09-24 08:55:58 +1200

      "Wel done Nina, very proud of you. Love Chris & Mayuri xx"

      Katie Taylor
      2015-09-23 20:02:24 +1200

      "Good luck with this Neen! Xxx"

      Sally Minty
      2015-09-23 14:12:23 +1200

      "Good on you Nina!! Sending you best wishes for your endeavor :) xx"

      Sarah Mortimer
      2015-09-23 12:53:59 +1200

      "What an amazing cause it will be hugely beneficial for youth, wish I had the chance to learn mindfulness techniques at this age. Great work!"

      Elisa
      2015-09-21 18:45:13 +1200
      Linda Keating
      2015-09-21 13:13:42 +1200

      "Well done Nina!! Almost there "

      Laura Dueker
      2015-09-17 10:53:31 +1200
      Milla Inkilä
      2015-09-15 20:07:20 +1200
      Milla Inkilä
      2015-09-15 20:06:29 +1200
      Amy Daymond
      2015-09-09 12:17:19 +1200

      "Round two of awesome-ness!!!! Your not far to go! You can do it! "

      nikki fitzgerald
      2015-09-07 21:33:41 +1200

      "you rock! I will so be coming to your classes even if I need to drag my tween son kicking and screaming ! xxxxxx "

      Liz Hoare
      2015-09-07 21:16:35 +1200

      "All the best Nina. I love and believe in what you are doing."

      Kalee Napthen
      2015-09-06 22:34:08 +1200

      "This sounds like an amazing project babe, hope you reach your target, Kalee xx"

      Kristy Meyer
      2015-09-06 21:54:27 +1200

      "YAY.....you are amazing and I love your initiative. We need more people like you in the world.xxxx"

      Zsuzsa Virag
      2015-09-06 20:11:53 +1200

      "Nina, wish you best luck with getting this off the ground and going!:)"

      Rebecca Hembrow
      2015-09-05 16:49:17 +1200

      "Been meaning to do this for ages. Well done for bring pro active chicka. Best of luck Xx"

      Kelly walker
      2015-09-05 12:19:32 +1200

      "Love your work ....Really good cause! "

      Toby Poole
      2015-09-04 21:29:12 +1200
      Scott Pinfold-Woodcock
      2015-09-04 20:32:20 +1200

      "Awesome campaign best of luck"

      James woodcock
      2015-09-04 18:29:59 +1200
      Elaine Rogocki
      2015-09-04 10:20:38 +1200

      "Well done, Nina! Such a lovely idea. Love from, Nan & Grandad. x x"

      Jo
      2015-09-04 08:24:37 +1200
      Stefan Rogocki
      2015-09-03 21:03:10 +1200

      "Well Done. Onwards and Upwards. XX"

      Steph
      2015-09-03 10:51:54 +1200

      "Good luck! Yoga West will spread the word and would love you to host a workshop at our studio. Looking forward to meeting x"

      Followers of Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation for Teenagers

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 30/09/2015 at 3:00 PM.